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Did you know two Buick Nailhead V8 engines were used to start the SR-71 Mach 3+ plane because the Blackbird didn’t have a starter?

Did you know two Buick Nailhead V8 engines were used to start the SR-71 Mach 3+ plane because the Blackbird didn’t have a starter?

The Blackbird The SR-71, unofficially known as the “Blackbird,” was a long-range, Mach 3+, strategic reconnaissance aircraft developed from the… Read More

1 month ago

In 1970s NASA was not allowed to have any SR-71s, yet they received one and they passed it off as YF-12C (with a bogus A-12 tail number)

NASA YF-12C Taken in 1975, the interesting photos in this post show NASA Blackbirds carrying the so called “coldwall” heat… Read More

2 months ago

Former USAF Master Sergeant reveals the Fastest Speed ever Recorded by a Lockheed Blackbird

A-12 pilot Jim Eastham dropped the nose down a bit to see if he could at least reach Mach 3.0.… Read More

1 year ago

Here’s What’s Probably the Slowest Speed Ever Recorded by a Lockheed Blackbird

The backseater later indicated slow speed of 155 knots, pilot saw 152 knots or 175 mph. The SR-71 at that… Read More

1 year ago

Sec. of Defense McNamara canceled the YF-12 Blackbird program to fund the F-106X Mach 5 Interceptor. Then he canceled the F-106X program too.

Even though the USAF ordered 93 YF-12 aircraft and had an initial budget of $90 million to further testing, this… Read More

2 years ago

Feb. 29, 1964: President Lyndon B. Johnson publicly Reveals the YF-12A, the Blackbird Mach 3+ Interceptor

The USAF ordered 93 production F-12B Blackbird Mach 3+ Interceptor aircraft, which would have been armed with three Hughes AIM-47A… Read More

2 years ago

Did you know SR-71 Blackbird Mach 3 spy plane’s titanium parts made in summer corroded while those made in winter didn’t? Here’s why.

SR-71 Blackbird engineers had a perplexing problem: why some of the aircraft’s titanium corroded? The SR-71, the most advanced member… Read More

2 years ago

The Fastest known Speed ever Recorded by a Lockheed Blackbird

When talking about the Lockheed Blackbird family probably the most frequently asked Blackbird question is-how how fast does it really… Read More

2 years ago

Did you know the F-14 Tomcat was meant to be ‘Bombcat’ from the beginning of its development?

The AWG-15 fire-control system of the F-14A Tomcat was always equipped with the CCIP-mode, and the jet was always capable… Read More

3 years ago

The slowest speed ever recorded by a Lockheed Blackbird

When talking about the “Blackbird family” probably the most frequently asked Blackbird question is-how high and how fast does it… Read More

3 years ago

General Curtis LeMay wanted a bomber variant of the A-12 but the SR-71 Blackbird was developed instead

General Curtis LeMay needed Johnson to convert the A-12 variant of the Blackbird to an extended range deep penetration bomber… Read More

3 years ago

Did you know that titanium used to build the iconic SR-71 Blackbird Mach 3+ spy plane came from Soviet Union?

The world's largest supplier of it was the Soviet Union. The US worked through Third World countries and fake companies… Read More

3 years ago

Did you know that NASA YF-12C was actually an SR-71 with a bogus A-12 tail number?

The so-called YF-12C was SR-71A 61-7951, modified with YF-12A inlets and engines and a bogus tail number 06937 belonging to… Read More

3 years ago

The list of the fastest and the highest known flights ever recorded by the Lockheed Blackbird family

Which member of the Blackbird family was the faster and which one reached the highest altitude? The iconic SR-71 Blackbird… Read More

3 years ago

Interesting Video Explains how SR-71’s J58 Turbo-Ramjet Engine Works

Above Mach 2.2, some of the airflow is bled from the fourth stage of the compressor and dumped into the… Read More

5 years ago